For the past seven years, Travel + Leisure readers and our guests have named IE one of the "World’s Best" Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters! To qualify for the awards, tour operators were judged on six criteria: staff/guides, itineraries/destinations, activities, accommodations, food and value — everything that goes into creating the experience of a lifetime for you!

Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to be an International Expeditions guide and why guests rave about our experts. There’s no substitute for experience when it comes to offering travel that’s authentic, educational and fun. That’s why our hand-selected naturalist guides are highly trained and educated natives, each passionate about their country. Why would you want to travel with an American "tour leader" when you can bond with these fun locals while gaining insight into their homelands? Each day, IE’s knowledgeable native guides, naturalists and Egyptologists use their decades of learning and guiding expertise to serve as lecturers, field guides and friends as you explore Earth’s wild regions.

What are our guests saying?

travel and leisure world's best tour operator"IE’s Amazon naturalist George [Davila] is a superstar! He knows everything possible about everything we encountered. He is a stimulating naturalist guide and genuine expert. Plus, he is tirelessly energetic."– Phil & Virginia of Derwood, Maryland

"International Expeditions is very fortunate to have such committed employees. The staff of La Amatista is wonderful — from the naturalists to the bartender. I am very glad we chose IE for our trip to the Amazon." – Clara of Lakewood, Washington

"Everybody was consistently helpful and concerned for our welfare. I'm frankly not used to being looked after so well. Our guide Ernesto made the trip. He combined a terrific itinerary with a deep understanding and passion for his culture to give us a meaningful experience that went so far beyond guidebook descriptions." – David of Narberth, Pennsylvania

Voting has started for the 2011 World’s Best awards, and we hope you’ll take the time to vote for International Expeditions in the Tour Operator/Safari Outfitter category.